Our self-storage units are here to help you keep things simple, and the storage process itself should be no different. Use these helpful packing and storing tips to make the most of your space.
Before bringing your items to your unit, save time by packing them as carefully and completely as possible while at home.
Organize by room| If you’re moving more than one room’s worth of belongings, pack up the contents of each room separately and label them as such to help keep things organized once you’ve reached our facility.
Start with less-used items | By packing up infrequently used items first, you’ll be able to get the packing process started without putting away items you’ll find yourself needing later on.
Keep it light | Pack up your heaviest items in smaller parcels, to avoid making the move cumbersome. Keep these items in robust containers, such as heavy plastic bins and moving boxes.
Stack if possible | Stackable, plastic bins are ideal for making the most of your space, as many of our units run as high as 8′ or taller. Pack your items in containers that will allow you to make use of vertical space.
Break down larger items | If possible, disassemble some larger items, such as bed frames and other unwieldy furniture. This will allow you to better organize your unit and make the most of your floorspace.
Label your items | When packing, label your boxes and items by item type, by room or by weight. This is especially helpful for cardboard boxes or if you plan to move items in and out of your space frequently.
Fill up containers | Boxes and containers which aren’t filled completely may collapse if stacked. Fill each box as near to the top as possible to help ensure that your items will remain protected once packed.
Protect before you move | Before moving your items, protect them as completely as possible. Wrap all delicate items in protective sheathing and label fragile boxes before moving them, to avoid possible confusion and damage when storing.
Use these helpful tips to make the best use of your space.
Accessibility is key | Place your most frequently used items near the front of your unit to avoid cumbersome digging around.
Use your vertical space | Some larger items, such as couches, can be stood on end. Make use of vertical space when possible (and safe) to help maximize floor space.
Use pallets and floor coverings | Moisture naturally seeps through any concrete surface, whether indoor or out. Place pallets on the floor of your unit to create a buffer between your belongings and the floor that will help minimize the absorption of moisture.
Leave a walkway | If possible, clear a path from the front of your unit to the back, to make all of your items accessible.
Set up shelving | While we don’t allow our customers to affix shelving to the walls of their units, standalone shelving is recommended. These collapsible shelves are available at any home improvement store and can help you to organize the contents of your space.
Store safely | Some items, such as perishable foods, harmful chemicals and anything combustible, should not be stored in your unit. Be sure to thaw out freezers and drain lawn mowers and small-engine items of gas and oil to prevent mold, rot and corrosion.
Use a robust lock | An underrated part of your security, be sure to use high-quality locks on your units. We offer Chateau brand locks for sale, which provide excellent security and peace of mind.
Stack smart | Stackable containers are excellent for use in self-storage units. Be sure to stack lighter boxes atop heavier ones to ensure the safety of your belongings.